Council withdraws objections to wind farm despite opposition

A council in southwest Scotland has concluded that since its objections to a 15-turbine wind farm on aviation and defence grounds had been overcome, it no longer opposed the scheme despite significant opposition from third party objectors to the proposal.

In deciding to allow the appeal a reporter noted that the site did not lie within a protected landscape, and Historic Scotland had concluded that the impact on heritage assets including the setting of Hadrian’s Wall was not significant. The wind farm would require the felling of 198ha of woodland but this would be partly replaced by 159ha of new trees which would assist in maintaining important habitats for red squirrels, badgers and bats. The impact through noise and shadow flicker could be controlled by the use of conditions and Scottish Natural Heritage had raised no objections to the scheme, upon which the reporter placed considerable weight.

Reporter: Richard Dent; Written representations

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